Nationals GM Mike Rizzo reveals stance on a possible Max Scherzer reunion
Heading into the July 30 trade deadline, the Nationals were heavily rumored to trade Scherzer for multiple reasons. Considering that the Nationals’ playoff aspirations this season are slim to none and the fact that Scherzer will hit free agency in the offseason, this was a move that the team simply had to make.
Even with Scherzer now with the Dodgers, Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo is not counting out a possible reunion with the three-time Cy Young Award winner.
Speaking to “The Sports Junkies” show on 106.7 The Fan, Rizzo noted that he would indeed love it if Scherzer returned to Washington to finish off his career there.
“Never say never,” Rizzo said. “Max [Scherzer] has been a big part of my life. I drafted him in 2006 and continue to be close to him to this day. He’s going to go to a team of his choice. He’s going to pick and choose the criteria that works for him.
“We would love to have him retire in a Nationals uniform. If at all possible, we’d love to do it. I think he would embrace coming back if all the right pieces were in order. He’s a guy close to our hearts and a guy we loved having in D.C.”
Ahead of this season’s MLB trade deadline, one report did note that even if he was traded, Scherzer would be open to returning to the Nationals. Still, the Nationals may have competition for him right out of the gate in free agency, as both the Dodgers and Los Angeles Angels are reportedly expected to make a run at signing him to a free-agent deal.
It is currently not known whether Scherzer would even consider a return to the Nationals. For now, he has an eye on possibly helping the Dodgers repeat as World Series champions.